Posted on March 18, 2010 in Action Alerts
When the Netanyahu government announced during Vice President Biden’s recent trip to Israel plans for new settlement housing construction in East Jerusalem, the Administration rightly voiced opposition to the maneuver.
But it was not only the timing of the announcement, during Vice President Biden’s visit, that was so counterproductive to recent efforts to begin ‘proximity talks’ between Israelis and Palestinians. The substance of the plan, coupled with Israel’s recent provocative announcements claiming their “rights” in Hebron, Bethlehem, and the Jordan Valley, undermines the very goal of any peace efforts.
Vice President Biden, Secretary Clinton, and other senior officials were correct in recognizing that peace is not possible as long as expansionism into Jerusalem and the West Bank continues.
Vice President Joe Biden condemned the move, claiming that the
Israeli announcement “undermined the trust required for productive
negotiations” and that “at the request of President Obama condemned it
immediately and unequivocally.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the actions of Netanyahu’s
government “deeply insulting” and called for “confidence-building
measures” and “steps that we think would demonstrate the requisite
commitment to the process” necessary for a two-state resolution to the
Senior White House Official, David Axelrod, said the move “seemed
calculated to undermine” the progress made between the Palestinians and
Testifying on Capitol Hill yesterday, General David Petraeus weighed
in on the U.S.-Israel dispute, telling senators that he “absolutely”
backs Mitchell’s efforts to re-launch Israeli-Palestinian peace talks
and that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict challenges the ability of the
United States to advance its interests in the region.
The President has made resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a top priority since his very first day in office, and we commend his leadership. But the Administration needs the support of Congress. Now is the time to weigh in with your senators and representatives.
Tell Congress to stand united in support of the Administration!
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